Kodansha Comics Gift Guide 2017
Are you looking for the perfect gift for your manga loving friends and family this holiday season? Or perhaps you’re looking for the perfect series for someone who’s new to manga? With so many series to choose from –from shonen to shojo, from action-packed series to drama-driven ones, from series for younger readers to the experienced fan –it can be hard to choose just one title in what seems like an overwhelming sea of stories.
But never fear – Kodansha Comics’s got your back! Our Gift Guide is in full swing once again this year, and from classic tales to new fan favorites, we’ll help guide you to the perfect manga that’s sure to put a smile on someone’s –or your own –face!
Part 2: Coming Soon to a Bookshelf Near You
There’s no better time than the holidays to give someone the gift of manga – especially if you can find a favorite series in a brand-new edition or complete box set. This season, Kodansha Comics has an epic line-up of boxsets and deluxe releases – perfect for holiday gift giving now, or a belated present for yourself later if you hit the preorder button! Check out Part 2 of our Holiday Gift Guide: Coming Soon to a Bookshelf Near You for boxsets and deluxe editions that you can cuddle up with and read all winter long.
What’s it About? Shoya is a bully. When Shoko, a girl who can’t hear, enters his elementary school class, she becomes their favorite target, and Shoya and his friends goad each other into devising new tortures for her. But the children’s cruelty goes too far. Shoko is forced to leave the school, and Shoya ends up shouldering all the blame. Six years later, the two meet again. Can Shoya make up for his past mistakes, or is it too late?
Why’s it Good? Since its release, A Silent Voice has become one of the most critically-acclaimed manga of the decade, earning an Eisner nomination, accolades from teachers and the American Library Association, and even making The New York Times manga bestsellers list. Now rereleased in a premium, collectible box set, the A Silent Voice Box Set not only includes all seven volumes of this beloved manga, but also an exclusive, double-sided 10-by-15-inch poster and a replica of Shoko's communication notebook. It makes the perfect gift for veteran fans of the series or new manga fans who are just starting their manga journey!
What’s it About? In Attack on Titan, Erwin Smith and Captain Levi are an inseparable duo, the calculating brain and pumping heart of the Survey Corps. But years earlier, the young Erwin was an ambitious military ladder-climber and political prodigy, while Levi lived in another world under the elite’s feet, the Underground. In this place, humans are born and die surrounded by the garbage the Capital throws away, and only the lucky or the ruthless have a chance to emerge onto the surface and see the sun. Under a fierce exterior, Levi longs for a life of dignity for himself and his friends, while Erwin’s lifelong obsession with the Titans drives him to depths of moral ambiguity. The two men’s collision course will lead to tension, tragedy, and the greatest team of Titan-fighters humanity will ever know.
Why’s it Good? When it was first released, Attack on Titan: No Regrets gave fans the long-awaited origin story of Levi and Erwin, two of Attack on Titan’s most beloved characters. Attack on Titan: No Regrets Complete Color Edition not only bounds the two-volume prequel into a single, 400-page deluxe hardcover in glorious full color, but also includes never-before-published bonus stories and brand-new illustrations. Even if you’ve read No Regrets before, getting to experience the story of Captain Levi is gorgeous full color, along with brand-new bonus content from No Regrets artist Hikaru Suruga, is something no die-hard Attack on Titan fan is going to want to miss.
What’s it About? A day planner for Fairy Tail guild members: students, grown-ups, and S-class wizards alike!
Why’s it Good? If it’s one thing that Fairy Tail has taught us, it’s that nothing lives longer than the powerful bond of friendship! The Fairy Tail manga may be coming to a close, but you can still rep your Fairy Tail pride with this epic day planner, full of color Fairy Tail illustrations, cute chibi drawings, and a bonus manga by creator Hiro Mashima that you can’t read anywhere else! Individual day sheets allow you to add your own dates, so you can start and use this planner whenever you’d like – perfect for students throughout the academic year and older Fairy Tail fans alike!
What’s it About? Deep into the twenty-first century, the line between man and machine has been blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human tissue. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg superagent Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including “ghost hackers” who are capable of exploiting the human/machine interface and reprogramming humans to become puppets to carry out the hackers’ criminal ends.
Why’s it Good? The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Editions gave international The Ghost in the Shell fans the opportunity to read the series in its original, right-to-left format with Japanese sound effects for the first time ever, and now those beautiful hardcover, definitive editions are available in one complete set. If you missed out on getting your Deluxe Editions before, don’t miss your chance to get this complete collector’s box set – which includes a collectible lithograph by creator Shirow Masamune.
What’s it About? Teenager Usagi is not the best athlete, she’s never gotten good grades, and, well, she’s a bit of a crybaby. But when she meets a talking cat, she begins a journey that will teach her she has a well of great strength just beneath the surface and the heart to inspire and stand up for her friends as Sailor Moon! As Sailor Moon, Usagi must fight evil and enforce justice, in the name of the Moon and the mysterious Moon Princess
Why’s it Good? There’s no better way to enjoy the greatest magical girl manga of all time that in a definitive, premium edition – fit for a moon princess! Featuring all-new cover illustrations by creator Naoko Takeuchi, a glittering holographic coating, an extra-large trim size, premium paper, French flaps, and a newly-revised translation, Sailor Moon Eternal Edition makes the perfect gift for Sailor Moon fans young and old.
Kodansha Comics Gift Guide will update every Friday until the end of holiday season!